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Police say fatal road rage shooting was in self defense

Clayton County police won’t release the name of a driver who killed a 34-year-old man after a road rage shooting because they say the driver fired in self defense.

The shootout happened about 2 p.m. Saturday at the intersection of Highway 42 and Lake Harbin Road, police spokeswoman Sgt. Ashanti Marbury said. 

Zachery Everette of Rex had been shot at least once before making it back to his car, where he was seated and unresponsive when police arrived, Marbury said. 

The other driver called 911 to report that he shot Everette after Everette got out of his car and fired at him. The two drivers had previously been fighting verbally while stopped at a red light. 

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A witness told Channel 2 Action News she saw the exchange, but did not want to be identified.

“Everything just happened so fast,” she said. “I pulled up to the red light and we just heard a bunch of fires, gunshots. Bullets were coming from one car.”

Barbara Hamilton, who lives across the street, told the news station she saw the commotion as she returned home. 

“I knew it was something big,” Hamilton told Channel 2. “The CSI was there. They had the crime scene tape across the road.” 

Police said the incident was a case of road rage and charges won’t be filed against the driver who killed Everette. 

“You never know,” Hamilton said. “You have to be careful about how you offend other people.”

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